husband & wife remembering when they became mom & dad, a year ago.
B: How did you feel with Audrey first came into the world?
C: I was glad it was over, glad it went fast, glad both mom and baby were healthy, and happy. I couldn’t wait to get home and start our family – and get out of the hospital.
B: I know! I remember us both being so happy because I my water broke at 11:45 p.m. and the hospital starts charging at midnight. That way we didn’t have to pay the daily charge for only a few hours.
C: I liked getting to sleep with you in the hospital bed after Audrey was born.
B: I was constantly waking up checking to see if she was breathing. Funny, I still do that.
B: Those first few weeks are so exciting, but so exhausting.
C: That excitement about getting up every hour with the baby wore off after the first night of no sleep.
B: Was that the most tired you’ve ever been in your life or what?
C: No, I’ve been more tired at work.
B: Oh, so the life of a hard-working, middle-of-the-night rising logger help get you in shape. Nothing could have gotten me prepared for the first few weeks.
C: I quickly learned that everyone has a lot of advice. It was obnoxious. I was ready to figure it out on our own. “That’s great this worked on your kid, but let me figure out what works for us.”
B: That drove me nuts. Wait. Uhh, I write a column and blog…with daily advice. Crap.
B: There is just so much baby stuff too. You say you won’t be the parent with kid things taking over the house and then it happens.
C: No, it just all goes inside the boat. “Just put it in the boat!”
B: (Chris is a little bitter that the boat hasn’t been used, but works well for storage).
C: I never got that gun either. You are supposed to get a new gun when you have a baby girl.
B: Are you going to get Audrey a gun?
C: Yeah. I’ll get her a little pink gun. They make pink guns now.
B: But I did say that you could have good beer for the rest of your life because you have a girl. That was a good deal, huh?
B: What are some things you like doing with Audrey?
C: I just got done reading Curious George. I never thought I would read the same book ten times over in one night.
B: What about different things you go through with a girl?
C: I wouldn’t know. I don’t have a boy.
B: But things that are unique to a girl?
C: I’ve got boyfriends, periods and a wedding to pay for.
C: I really like when she is excited to see me come home from work, goes to the patio door and pounds on it yelling, “Da Da!”
B: So you like being a dad?
C: What do you think? Why would you even ask that?
B: Because it just occurred to me that people ask me that all the time, if I enjoy being a mom. Like I’m going to say, “No, I really don’t like it.” (Laugh)